This delicious Dipping Oil Recipe for Bread combines extra virgin oil with balsamic vinegar, parmesan cheese, pantry staple spices, and herbs! Pair it with your favorite loaf of crusty bread to mop up all of this seasoned oily goodness!
Dipping Oil for Bread Is So Bright And Robust
This Dipping Oil Recipe for Bread is filled with a bright and robust flavor that will instantly please anyone lucky enough to soak their bread in it! The Dipping Oil takes just 5 minutes to make and will disappear in even less time, so you may want to go ahead and plan to double the recipe already 😉
This easy-to-make seasoned oil has a taste unique enough for a romantic night in yet is also extremely crowd-pleasing, making it a great appetizer for holidays and all types of gatherings!
The best part about this Dipping Oil Recipe is that it’s easy to customize to your liking! So, go ahead and add extra garlic, kick up the heat with more red pepper flakes, or even leave out what doesn’t tickle your taste buds!
What You’ll Need For This Bread Dipping Oil
- Fresh garlic cloves
- Dried oregano
- Chopped fresh rosemary
- Finely grated parmesan cheese
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Red pepper flakes
- Black pepper
- Crusty bread
- Chopped parsley for garnish
This recipe pairs extra virgin olive oil with pantry staple spices to create a simple yet delicious go-to appetizer. You can easily tailor the ingredients to fit your taste buds and incorporate other spices or fresh herbs, such as dried basil or thyme, to create a flavor that’s all your own!
This also means if you see an ingredient that doesn’t agree with your taste buds, you can leave it out!
Best Olive Oil For Dipping Bread
Since olive oil is the star of the show in this dip, its quality matters! For the best flavor, choose a high-quality extra virgin olive oil to use when making this recipe.
Bonus points if you select a bottle of extra virgin olive oil with a use-by date, as this indicates it’s freshly made and not a blend of oils or ingredients. Look for oils that have a rich, fruity, and robust flavor. However, I encourage you to experiment and create your own uniquely flavored olive oil dip.
A high-quality extra virgin olive oil such as California Olive Ranch or Graza Sizzle would be great choices, as well as Filippo Berio. However, I’ve also used Target’s brand of extra virgin olive oil, and it has tasted just fine!
Best Bread For Dipping In Olive Oil
The best bread for dipping in Olive oil is a crusty, sturdy bread that is cut into thick slices. This will allow it to absorb the oil and flavors without crumbling or taking on a soggy texture.
Try this olive oil with breads such as:
- French Baguette
- Sourdough Bread, especially a homemade loaf created with your own Sourdough Starter!
We love using any crusty bread, French loaves, as well as no-knead bread. It’d be fun to arrange different types of bread to serve with this oil to allow friends and family to find their favorite bread and oil combination!
How To Make Olive Oil Dip For Bread
Step 1: Combine the Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, dried herbs, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Stir thoroughly to ensure all of the ingredients are incorporated.
Step 2: Add the extra virgin oil and stir together. Let the olive oil dip set to allow the flavors to meld.
Step 3: Serve with warm bread and enjoy!
Allow the Olive Oil Dip to marinate to give it a more pronounced flavor before enjoying it! To do so, cover the dip and let it sit at room temperature or refrigerate it for a few hours overnight.
The longer the dip sets before enjoying, the more time is allowed for the flavors to meld together and intensify, making it even more delicious!
Ways To Use Olive Oil Bread Dip
The most common way to use olive oil bread dip is with warm bread! A thick, sturdy bread that won’t immediately become soggy or crumble apart is the best choice for dipping.
Crusty bread such as French Baguette is my go-to for enjoying with this Olive Oil Bread Dip. However, sourdough bread, an Italian loaf such as Focaccia, or Ciabatta bread would all be delicious. options as well.
But bread isn’t the only thing that can be used for this Olive Oil Dip! Serve this dip with pita chips or raw vegetables as another easy appetizer.
It’s also great as a salad dressing to drizzle over a fresh, crisp salad or drizzled over grilled vegetables for added flavor.
Dipping Oil Recipe For Bread Storage
Store this Olive Oil Dip in an airtight container in the fridge to enjoy for up to a week. When you’re ready to enjoy, first allow it to set at room temperature for a bit and then stir the dip to reincorporate the ingredients.
Bread Dipping Oil Recipe FAQs
Is It Safe To Dip Bread In Olive Oil?
Yes, dipping bread in olive oil is safe.
What Country Dips Bread In Olive Oil?
Dipping bread in olive oil originated in Greece and Italy. However, it is a common enjoyment all along the Mediterranean coastline. Though it began overseas, it’s quite popular in the United States in Italian Restaurants.
Can You Use Canola Oil Instead Of Olive Oil For Bread Dip?
No, I would not suggest using canola oil to make bread dip as it is too neutral of a flavor and is highly processed.
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Bread Dipping Oil Recipe
- ¼ cup finely grated parmesan cheese optional if wanting dairy -ree
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
- salt to taste
- cracked black pepper to taste
- fresh parsley optional garnish
- In a small bowl, combine the ¼ cup finely grated parmesan cheese, 2 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, ½ teaspoon dried oregano, ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, salt, and cracked black pepper.
- Add ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil and 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar. Stir well to mix the ingredients.
- Let the mixture sit for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. You can also cover it and let set for a few hours or overnight for a more intense flavor.
- Garnish with fresh parsley and serve the olive oil dip with warm bread, pita chips, or raw vegetables for dipping.
- Adjust the seasoning: Taste the dip after mixing and adjust the seasonings according to your preference. Add more garlic, herbs, salt, or pepper as needed.
- Quality olive oil: Since olive oil is a prominent ingredient in the dip, using a good quality extra virgin olive oil will enhance the overall taste. Look for oils with a rich, fruity, and robust flavor.
- Remember, these suggestions are meant to inspire you to experiment and create your own unique olive oil dip recipe. Enjoy the process and have fun exploring different flavors and combinations!